It may have been a slow start to the season for the O’Fallon Panther football team, but senior running back Kentrail Moran has been anything but slow.
Last Friday the 5”11, 200lb running back put on an offensive clinic against the Alton Redbirds. Moran ran just six yards shy of 300 in Alton and had four touchdowns. In the first quarter of the game, Moran made an incredible 61 yard dash into the end zone. The touchdown is Moran’s longest run so far this season.
After five weeks of play in his senior year, the University of Illinois commit has 101 carries for a total of 629 yards. He has averaged 6.2 yards a carry and 125.8 yards per game.
“Kentrail is a very hard worker, who knows and studies the game extensively,” said head Panther football coach Brandon Joggerst. “He is the kind of guy that we can utilize and rely on week in and week out. He’s the ultimate kind of player.”
Moran has been the Panther starting running back all four years of his time at O’Fallon Township High School.
“He’s a four year starter who was able to be productive right away,” said Joggerst.
As a junior, Moran carried the ball 94 times in 5 games, totaling for 342 yards in a season shortened by injury.
The senior is the second all-time leading rusher in Panther football history. He currently trails the leading rusher by just 336 yards with four games left to play in the 2015 regular season.
Not only does Moran carry the ball for O’Fallon, but he also carries a great deal of leadership responsibilities for the team.
“He is more of a quiet leader,” said Joggerst. “He tries to lead by example more than anything. Everything on the field he does it to his fullest and does it for the team. When he steps his game up he expects others to follow. Not only with his effort on the field but in general, he’s a very hard worker.”
So far in 2015 Moran has crossed into the end-zone six times for the Panthers and is over 20 points ahead of closest teammate in scoring. Moran has also completed his only passing attempt so far this season on a 42 yard pass against Edwardsville at home earlier this season.
Moran has received numerous offers from college teams, but has verbally committed to play for the University of Illinois next fall as a freshman.
Be sure to catch Moran in action this Friday in O’Fallon’s homecoming showdown with Granite City at 7:00 pm.